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Drawing Workshop in Santa Cruz at 1440 Multiversity


This workshop will be taught by Lisbeth Firmin our trained DRSB Instructor

Every minute counts!  From January 27 to February 1, 2019, join artist Lisbeth Firmin for a drawing workshop held at 1440 Multiversity, a 75-acre campus beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz. Within easy reach of San Francisco, 1440 Multiversity is the nation's newest learning destination.  Named for the 1440 minutes in a day, 1440 Multiversity was founded on the belief that each minute is a chance to connect with what truly matters—both within and around us. Click here for details of the Drawing Workshop:  Learn to draw in 2019 at 1440 Multiversity!

For many of us, drawing can be a mysterious or inaccessible process reserved for a “talented” few. Dr. Betty Edwards’ groundbreaking Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain debunked this myth—anyone can learn how to draw, and draw well.

Join painter and printmaker Lisbeth Firmin for an intensive immersion in demonstrations and studio exercises that pack a semester-long art course into five days. You will develop the perceptual skills you need to draw with confidence, whether you are new to the medium or wish to expand your capabilities.

You will explore:

  • The relationship of drawing and creativity to specialized functions of the right- and left-brain hemispheres and to ways of connecting to a new way of seeing

  • A carefully-sequenced process designed to unveil your ability to capture life as you see it, and strategies to produce skilled drawings

  • Tips on how to shift your perception and see light, depth, dimensions, and proportions to better capture what inspires you.

An example of “before” and “after” 5 days of instruction using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain techniques.

An example of “before” and “after” 5 days of instruction using Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain techniques.

You will return home with a new, enhanced way of seeing the world around you and strategies you can continue to develop to capture what inspires you in ways you never thought possible.

"The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.

The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.

You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose."

- Arnold Bennett

Lisbeth Firmin is a full-time painter and printmaker known for her urban landscapes. She is an accredited teacher of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, and was trained by Dr. Betty Edwards. She has been teaching this technique for more than 25 years. She teaches painting and printmaking at various art institutes, universities, schools, and artist residencies around the United States. She is the recipient of many awards, grants, and fellowships, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for Printmaking (Lily Auchincloss Fellow), and full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Cape Cod Dune Shack Residency, Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Arts Colony.

Lisbeth Firmin

Lisbeth Firmin

Using Dr. Edwards’ exercises combined with her own techniques, Firmin’s teaching methods encourage both professional and beginning students to find their unique ways of seeing. She takes the stress out of “being creative” and guides students towards unleashing their own unique energy through making art.